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Ralph Cramden

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tomman58 wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

Does anyone pack a saw and hatchet anymore when they go camping?
I understand not much wood to be had at an RV Park, but most anywhere else I’ve camped in the forest firewoood is anything but scarce. Go for a walk, drag back a few limbs, make some campfire wood.
I was blown away in Yellowstone. Everyone burning the $10 a box firewood. Someone left a box at our site. It was like 5 pieces of wood and a bunch of chips and chunks.
People asked where we “found” all the firewood we had. We’d just stop on the side of the road, throw a bunch of dead n down wood in the truck. Did it twice and had raging campfires the whole time.....and gave some away too.
The whole “firewood and hamburger are made at the grocery store” mentality is sad. Especially from folks that should be wiser and more resourceful than that.


x2 then some. Seems like if you don't use a firering or buy firewood you aren't "camping" anymore. So sad


I don't get it, clue me in. What is so sad about people wanting to have a campfire or use a fire ring while camping? I would not go to a campground if I could not have a morning and nightly fire, and those fire rings are there for a reason.

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In MI at least, there is good quality firewood for sale in and around every state park at reasonable prices, due in large part to the restrictions on moving firewood. Someone who lives right on the road to the park can buy a full cord of wood and easily triple their money selling $10 bundles. I've seen people on extended stays or in large groups who have firewood delivered by the face cord right to their campsite.

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Ralph Cramden wrote:

tomman58 wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

Does anyone pack a saw and hatchet anymore when they go camping?
I understand not much wood to be had at an RV Park, but most anywhere else I’ve camped in the forest firewoood is anything but scarce. Go for a walk, drag back a few limbs, make some campfire wood.
I was blown away in Yellowstone. Everyone burning the $10 a box firewood. Someone left a box at our site. It was like 5 pieces of wood and a bunch of chips and chunks.
People asked where we “found” all the firewood we had. We’d just stop on the side of the road, throw a bunch of dead n down wood in the truck. Did it twice and had raging campfires the whole time.....and gave some away too.
The whole “firewood and hamburger are made at the grocery store” mentality is sad. Especially from folks that should be wiser and more resourceful than that.


x2 then some. Seems like if you don't use a firering or buy firewood you aren't "camping" anymore. So sad


I don't get it, clue me in. What is so sad about people wanting to have a campfire or use a fire ring while camping? I would not go to a campground if I could not have a morning and nightly fire, and those fire rings are there for a reason.


A Nightly fire as long as the weather is half way decent is most of the reason I go camping. gives me time to relax with my wife after the kids go to sleep. we bring a ring with us so we can set up the fire in a different place if the one on the site is in a bad spot.

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Striumph84 wrote:

MarkelMack109 wrote:

I tried using the Duraflame logs a few times at different parks, my only complaint is I don't think that they give off enough heat. But in a pinch they are better than a mag-light and orange tissue paper.

I love sitting around our fire ring that we normally have stashed in the back of the truck.


We always pack a saw and an axe. you can always find dead fall or some one at the side of the road who has logs/branches they want off their property.

how big is this ring you are packing with you?


it is a 30" in diameter ring but it splits apart and bolts together. i got it from a craft show up in New York, here is their web site if you want to take a look at them. bruning-concepts.com they said that they would ship me a custom one if i wanted but i went with one they had on hand.

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for a portable fire ring I just carry a top load washing machine tub. Stainless steel are the best and lightest, filled with wood, welded some nuts on the bottom I can screw long bolt into for a stand if needed, weber grill on the top. We use it for a virtually smoke free fire pit, give lots of heat, lower wood useage, and for cooking almost all our meals

When they have a firepit I usually sit in or on the existing firepit if it's convienient.


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In the PNW, stop at a saw mill.

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I have a feeling a lot of the discontent with buying firewood is from people who remember being able to walk into the woods, grab a downed branch and cutting it up for firewood. Rules that force campers to buy firewood is a bit too much like a tax on your fire. It's easy to believe that these rules were created just so the powers-that-be can profit from your enjoyment.

time2roll wrote:

Many State and National parks want the natural wood to remain and decay to feed the next generation of trees.


or to feed this years wildfires. Mismanagement of the underbrush is a big problem.


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You are legally allowed to take firewood back and forth across the Canada/US border and have been doing it for years. The stipulation is that it must be dimensional sawn lumber without any bark whatsoever on it. Split rounds of firewood is absolutely not permissable. We keep a small amount in our truck for the many camping trips we do in the US each year. We get pulled over at the border by the US border folks at least once a year for a "routine computer-generated" inspection. Once, they went through every stick of firewood and found one piece of 2x4 with a small amount of bark on it and they confiscated it. Pieces of cedar for kindling are also okay as long as it is clearly sawn wood that has been processed in a mill. If in doubt, check on CBSA or CBP websites.

The Canada and US border agencies don't care if Canadian and American wood is mixed together, at least from BC to WA. Other parts of the US and Canada have different species of wood and their can be restrictions on it's transport.

We bought a large truck load of seasoned firewood at Perry Pallet co., east of Birch Bay. They have a mountain of pallets they saw up into firewood sized pieces about 16" long. We sorted through it and were able to get consistent similar lengths that allowed us to pack the wood in tightly. It was mostly 2x4 & 2x6 while some was 4x4. It cost us $50 for about 3/4 of a cord. Wow that was a heavy load!

The thing about firewood is that unless you are a hardy outdoors type, it can be too cold & wet for a fire and over the summer period there's often a total fire ban, so a large load of wood can last a long time. Some locations don't allow open fires but the portable firepits with a screen cover are okay. We've noticed in recent years that some CGs have removed their firepits altogether, which in some cases could just be to reduce maintenance. We also have a propane campfire in a can that we occasionally use.


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Depends on where you live. In MI bringing wood from home is strongly discouraged due to the ongoing effort to stem the spread of invasive insects. As a result of this, decent quality, reasonably priced firewood is widely available from many private sellers around state parks and other camping areas. Once you get into the northern areas of the state, you can just stop at a sawmill and get all the cheap, nicely dried firewood you could ever want.

So check your local regulations before you load a half cord into the truck and head out.

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